Montecastelli offers a week-long cooking classes hosted by renowned chefs.
Culinary Vacations (4)
Chef Shaun O'Neale
Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he claimed the title of America’s best home cook and was named Season 7 Champion of the cooking show MasterChef. A self-taught chef who educated himself and honed his skill by reading cookbooks, studying the history of food, and traveling the globe to absorb different cultures and flavors, Shaun graduated from reality star to culinary star in May 2017 with the release of his debut cookbook “My Modern American Table”.
Dan’s tenure at famed New York restaurants Del Posto, Jean Georges, Babbo, Otto, and Eataly have shaped the foundation of his wine experiences and expertise. His most popular publication, A First Course in Wine, is a comprehensive guide to understanding and enjoying wine. In 2011, Zagat named Dan as one of New Yorks rising “30 under 30” culinary stars, and in January 2013, Forbes named Dan as one of the nations “30 under 30” to watch in the food and wine industry. Dan has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio.
Nicholas is an international olive oil expert, educator, speaker and co-founder of Grove and Vine, a bespoke full-service olive oil procurement center. He has taught oil courses for Zagat’s Master Class, Bon Appetit, The International Culinary Center, The Institute of Culinary Education, Cornell, NYU and Columbia University, Platinum Country Clubs and to Mario Batali’s critically acclaimed chefs and sommeliers nationwide. He has been a judge at the New York International Olive Oil Competition and the Sol D’Oro Southern Hemisphere Competition in Santiago, Chile.
Naomi Pomeroy is an award winning chef of Portland’s Beast and Expatriate. Her cookbook, Taste & Technique, won a coveted IACP award for food photography and styling and nominated by The New York Times as one of the best of 2016. She is also James Beard Award Winning Chef and owner of acclaimed Portland restaurant, Beast.
The talented Pastry Chef, Ellen Laing, will lead a dessert workshop and share her tips for creating the most sublime desserts in this holiday.
Michaela was born and raised in Bremen, Germany, but has been living in Sonoma County, California for the last 30 years and has been working in the health and wellness field for about that long, and as a yoga teacher for 10 years. Michaela originally came to yoga for its physical benefits and in the process of the physical practice, she also discovered the mental benefits of spending time on her mat. Michaela strongly believes in finding a balance of strength and ease on and off the mat.
At the age of 16, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon Carpenter to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health, and physical balance. Heeding the advice of his doctor, Deacon modified his diet, started to practice yoga and shed over 140 pounds. In 2009, Deacon obtained his certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from the California College of Ayurveda. He moved from New York City in 2010 and has established his first practice in Northern California.